Philip Somerville DSO, DSC, RN
|Born||5 Dec 1906|
|Died||4 Apr 1942||(35)||HMS Kingston|
Warship Commands listed for Philip Somerville, RN
|HMS Kingston (F 64)||Lt.Cdr.||Destroyer||22 Jul 1939||4 Apr 1942 (+)|
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Destroyer HMS Kingston (F 64)
9 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2030/9 the light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, DSO, RN), HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) and the destroyers HMS Griffin (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN), HMS Kimberley (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Haifa for a night patrol off Syria. They returned to Haifa around 0620/10. (1)
They departed later the same day for Alexandria escorting the RFA Fleet tanker Derwentdale (8398 GRT, built 1941) which was loaded with motor landing craft. (2)
11 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The RFA Fleet tanker Derwentdale (8398 GRT, built 1941), and her escorting destroyers, HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN), arrived at Alexandria. (2)
22 Mar 1942
Engaged Italian naval forces at the Second Battle of the Syrte, sustaining severe damage from a hit scored by battleship Littorio. The hit caused a large fire in a boiler room and flooding of an engine room. She went dead in the water, but later the crew was able to bring the fire under control and she got underway for Malta on one boiler, arriving next day and entering dock for repairs.
- ADM 53/114752
- ADM 199/650 + ADM 199/2558
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